One, two, one, two, Can you hear them now?

Chants et rythmes afro-cubains
Enregistrements recueillis à Cuba par Gérard Krémer


01. Salsa Cubana - 3:38
02. El Carabili - 3:08
03. Guantanamera - 2:29
04. Gloria Latina - 2:21
05. Rumbiaremos y Cantaremos - 4:20
06. A Caballo - 5:00
07. La Timba - 3:50
08. Conga San Agustin - 4:21
09. Pot-pourri tropical - 6:02
10. Conga de los Hoyos - 6:10
11. Timbalaye - 6:00


 Recorded 1984 in Cuba by Gérard Krémer

Field recordings of folk and popular dance music.

Most of them while Carnaval in Santiago de Cuba.

Includes music of the Cuban street organ.

Origin And History Of The Cuban Barrel/Street Organ:

First of all, let us consider the origin of these organs in Cuba. It is a commonly accepted fact that before 1900, there were already organs, imported from France, present in the region of Manzanillo. These instruments were used to enliven local festivities and played dances and songs (different forms of Cuban music). The first were barrel organs, which were followed quickly by perforated-card (book-Ed) organs.

The first organ came from Cienfuegos, in the center of Cuba. French people residing in La Perla del Sul had imported this instrument. The two Cubans who are at the origin of the organ business are Fornaris and Borbolla. First friends, then rivals one does not know which came first but let s leave this historical argument aside...

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